Frank Barletta – Industrial Designer

(that’s me)

My name is Frank and I’m a design student from Syracuse, New York. I’ll graduate in May with an industrial design degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Industrial design is all about combining artistic skills, technical skills, and critical thinking to solve problems for commercial products and other physical items.

We are taught the design process and design thinking, which it turns out, can be applied to any situation, be it graphic design, user interface design, exhibit design, interior design, etc. I never really explored the other design majors or really any other kinds of design before choosing industrial design. It made me wonder for a bit there if I made the right choice. For example, this past year I became really passionate about graphic design, specifically typography and identity design. I was a little worried that my love for industrial design was fading by comparison. 

As I’m nearing the end of my undergraduate design education though, I learned that design is fundamentally universal. The principles between graphic, industrial, all of them really, overlap tremendously. I realized that my love for industrial or even graphic design was really a love for visual communication. Conveying ideas through type, shape, color, texture, all of it are what I love about design, not simply just designing shoes or furniture, or magazine spreads.

That being said, I’m happy with my degree because it has allowed me the flexibility to explore as many avenues of design as I can before I graduate. I’ve had the opportunity to work in corporate and freelance settings and have grown as a designer and professional. I am excited to continue looking for full time positions in the industrial design world where I can practice my skills and explore new ones.

You can take a look at my resume and website to get a feel for the professional and academic experiences I’ve had in design, as well as the work I enjoy doing. Also, feel free to send me a message and connect over Linkedin.

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